Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The Possibility That We’re Living In An Ancestor Simulation
Neil deGrasse Tyson is someone who is generally one of the most warming, welcoming, and such a teacher who anyone can sit back and listen and learn to with no problem.I’ve had a a few teachers in my entire life where they genuinely want you to learn. There’s reading a powerpoint presentation and nothing giving a crap, but NDT wants your brain to soak it all it. NDT wants you to thing outside of the box about something called the “Ancestor Simulation.” It’s complicated, you guys.
Let’s slow it down for you from Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and futurist: “Many works of science fiction as well as some forecasts by serious technologists and futurologists predict that enormous amounts of computing power will be available in the future. Let us suppose for a moment that these predictions are correct. One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations. Suppose that these simulated people are conscious (as they would be if the simulations were sufficiently fine-grained and if a certain quite widely accepted position in the philosophy of mind is correct). Then it could be the case that the vast majority of minds like ours do not belong to the original race but rather to people simulated by the advanced descendants of an original race. It is then possible to argue that, if this were the case, we would be rational to think that we are likely among the simulated minds rather than among the original biological ones. Therefore, if we don’t think that we are currently living in a computer simulation, we are not entitled to believe that we will have descendants who will run lots of such simulations of their forebears.”
It gets pretty deep, but that’s why science is amazing. Check the video below, then feel free to look around on the internet to expand you holographic brain.
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